step by step cooking

Witcher Toffee


Dairy Free

The things you’ll need

Ingredients
  • 1 cup honey
  • ½ cup agave
  • 2 cups almond butter
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
Equipment

Let’s get started!

  1. Mix honey, agave, sea salt and extracts in a medium sauce pot and place in a candy thermometer.
  2. Cook the mixture on low heat for 12 minutes, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula. Do not allow the mixture to exceed 250°F.
  3. Add almond butter and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes or until it pulls away from the pot.
  4. Remove the mixture from the heat and using a spoon to place it into your mold.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool in the molds and remove them once they have hardened.
  6. TaDa! This Witcher Toffee will make an alliance with your taste buds!
Avatar and Cooking
  • Aang: All of his dishes are vegetarian of course, but he makes cakes and sweets too! Aang's food actually looks really nice, photo-worthy, the kind of thing advertised in commercials. No one knows how he does it.
  • Katara: Skill-wise, she's one of the best, with the most experience cooking out of anyone. Katara will make just about anything except spicy food. It doesn't look too special at first glance, but her dishes are delicious.
  • Sokka: He can feed himself but that's about it. Sokka's 'cooking' amounts to little more than Step 1) spear it on a stick and Step 2) cook over campfire. He doesn't bother with complexities with meals as long as it tastes good.
  • Toph: An utter disaster with meals; never learned to cook and has no intention of ever doing so. Never let her cook. If she volunteers, she's Trying to poison you.
  • Suki: Nothing really fancy, but Suki has been taught to make meals of the travel-ready variety, like mini-sandwiches and riceballs that are easy to pack on the go. Taste is good and requires little preparation.
  • Zuko: He's actually not bad, if prone to occasionally burning his meals or dropping them due to clumsiness. Zuko copies the styles of people around him, so he tends to make lot of different dishes, with more spice than they would use.
  • Azula: Zero to sixty. Azula's food is either dreadfully bland or near-deathly levels of spice, there's no in between. A challenge for the courageous, Azula's meals are how you Weed Out The Weak.
  • Ty Lee: Health-nut junkie, eats whatever allegedly spirit-cleansing food makes the rounds lately and pushes the recipes on others.
  • Mai: Make your own damn meal.

DANDELION ROOT “COFFEE”

Dandelion root is a favorite root. Not only does it bring abundance and heighten intuitive powers, it also makes a delicious rich-tasting coffee substitute.

1) Harvest dandelion roots from areas that have not been treated with pesticides.

2) Wash and scrub the roots.

3) Chop the roots into uniform pieces. Place in one layer in a foil pie plate or cookie sheet.

4) Roast the roots in an oven at 150 deg F for several hours. I do mine for about 5-6 hours. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP. DO NOT RUSH THIS STEP. The slow roasting is what imparts the cooking of the starches and sugars of the root, giving it a rich, caramel-chocolatey flavor. Higher heats will result in a scorched root that tastes flat and bitter.

5) Increase oven temperature to 200 deg F. Roast until the roots are an even black-brown color.

6) Grind roasted roots in a coffee grinder. NOTE: Best results are with an espresso grind, which is like a powder.

7) Brew. In my experience, espresso machines make the most flavorful roasted dandelion root “coffee”. Other coffee machines give a beverage that is more like a tea than a coffee.

8) Drink black, or add sweetener and/or cream. Enjoy!

Tatsu is has been teaching himself how to cook

an entry from Ta_2’s column “deep blue” in the Fixed Engine pamphlet (thank you @argeno for the scans!)

「Something Unbelievable」

I think I’ve said in the live streaming of Member’s channel or somewhere else that “I bought cooking utensils, and my next goal is to chop some vegetables with the kitchen knife.” Many days have passed since then, and recently –

I’ve been cooking.

I can’t make anything fancy, but I’m starting with simple things like stir frying vegetables/meat and making aemono (和え物, a salad-like dish dressed with miso or other sauces). I’d use knives and other utensils such as the peeler. Since I remember cutting my thumb so badly that it broke once, I always pay close attention to my hands when using knives and other cutting tools. Concentration is the key.

While it is a new experience to find out that I can make the food I like easily as I have fun in the process of cooking itself, one thing that I never knew before is that I like cleaning up dishes. It’s pretty obvious, but you’ll get dirty dishes after cooking. I think somehow I just enjoy washing the dishes and putting them away.

It feels good to watch the countertop getting cleaned up as the dishes I have to wash pile up in the sink.

By the way, my recent favorite is a simple dish that I can make by stir frying lamb with bell pepper, eggplant, lettuce, and tare sauce. This dish also allows me to intake vegetable and meat at the same time.

In this sense, dwelling in the fresh produce section that I’ve always ignored becomes something fun. Although I don’t fancy to make elaborate dishes like those from the restaurants, I do wish to get to the level where I can make whatever I suddenly want to eat by myself. I’ll try my best.

With that said, I’ll be able to laugh at the people who don’t cook in the future.

There is a big difference between 0 and 1, you know.


Note: the pamphlet is from last year, which means Tatsu should’ve been learning how to cook for months already, haha xD

Unicorn Poop Cookies


Yields 6-8 cookies

The things you’ll need

Ingredients
  • 2 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla, orange, & lemon extract
  • Electric pink, yellow, blue, purple, green, & orange food dye
Equipment

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together sugar, honey, and butter until light and fluffy.
  4. Add an egg and mix until well combied.
  5. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
  6. Divide the dough into 6 equal parts and then dye and flavor each part.
  7. Tightly wrap each colored dough in plastic wrap and then refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  8. Roll each color into a small rope and line the ropes up in rainbow order.
  9. Gently roll out the rainbow to flatten it and then cut out poo shapes.
  10. Bake for 8 minutes.

Time to decorate!

  1. Allow cookies to cool and then lightly brush them with edible disco dust.
  2. TaDa! These dainty droppings will make your party magical!
Over Dramatic | Tom Holland

Summary: Pregnant reader gets a little over dramatic when things don’t go her own way when making a special meal Tom and her’s anniversary dinner.

Warning: Like…a few swear words

Pairing: Tom Holland x reader

Type: Oneshot

MASTERLIST

A/N: This is my first Tom Holland imagine so just excuse the horrible writing and all.


Originally posted by parkery

Today marked Tom and Y/N’s five year anniversary and Y/N wanted to do something special for her husband and father to her future child. She stare down at the instructions in her cook book and followed them step by step. She had never been too good at cooking.

Between Tom filming in Atlanta for Infinity War and him finishing up the press tour for Spiderman: Homecoming, Y/N rarely ever got to see him. But alas, he promised he would be home for their special five year anniversary.

The thought of being able to be with Tom in just a few hours, excited Y/N. She wanted everything to be perfect for his arrival. She called Harrison, Tom’s best mate, and asked him to pick up Tom from the airport while she prepared everything back home. She set up a nice candle lit dinner and was planning on making his favorite dish.

“Add…one cup of oil,” Y/N read from the book, glancing between the book and the dish. She followed the instructions precisely and when she was done, she carefully put the casserole dish into the oven and set a time.

She wiped her hands clean on her apron, her hands brushing over the small baby bump. She made her way into the living room and flopped down onto the couch. Y/N glanced at the clock and made a mental note in her head that the dish needed to be ready before seven.

She had been running all over town today, picking up the ingredients for the dinner and the decorations. So it was no surprise that she fell asleep instantly. She was not awoken by the sound of the oven timer going off, but by the smell of smoke. 

Y/N’s eyes snapped open and she sat up immediately. “Oh shit,” she raced into the kitchen, now seeing the smoke leaking from the oven. She opened the oven and the kitchen was quickly over taken in smoke. With mittens on both hands, she reached inside and grabbed the dish, pulling it out and threw it on top of their stove. “Shit,” she cursed to herself, now staring at the burnt meal.

She kicked the oven door and immediately regretted it. She clutched her foot in pain as she felt tears cloud her vision. Then she remembered:

“The pudding!” She raced over to the refrigerator and threw the door open. She scrunched her nose in disgust before reaching in and pulling out the so called ‘vanilla pudding.’

She had been craving it recently and asked her mother for the recipe. When making it though, it was suppose to turn solid. And now here it lay, liquidized in her sink.

“Shit, Tom’s gonna kill me,” she muttered before pouring the pudding down the drain. As if things couldn’t get any worse, she heard the sound of glass shattering from the dinning room.

She raced over into the dinning room and gazed at the catastrophe in front of her. Tessa, Tom’s dog, held the corner of the table cloth in her mouth and was slowly pulling it backwards, resulting in the dishes sliding off the table and onto the floor.

“Tessa. Stop,” she begged. When she took a step forward, Tessa bolted, dragging the entire setting with her. The sound of all of Y/N’s dishes, crashing to the floor. “No,” she choked back a sob.

She made her way back to the kitchen and opened the wine cabinet. Just her luck, it was empty. Tom had advised her not to drink anything while pregnant, saying it could ‘hurt the baby.’ But now she was desperate. Nothing had gone her way and Tom would be home in a few minutes.

Y/N lean against the countertop and let herself sink to the floor. She hugged her knees and cried to herself. She didn’t even hear the sound of their apartment door opening nor the sound of Tom calling for her.

When Tom walked into the kitchen, he saw his loving wife in a different position on the floor. She lay on her back, against the cool tiles. Her arms and legs spread out as she cried loudly.

“Darling? What’s wrong?” She kicked she right foot slightly in a fit. “Come on, love. Use your words.”

“N-Nothing w-went as planned tonight,” she cried.

“What do you mean by that, love?”

“I was g-going to cook y-your favorite meal but instead, I burnt it,” Tom stepped over her leg and passed the doorway. He went over to stand near her head and he just so happened to look into the sink. 

“What’s this junk in the sink?” When hearing the nickname for her food, she cried even louder.

“It was suppose to be pudding,” Tom raising his eyebrows at her. She brought her hands up and covered her face with them. “I’m such a failure. I wanted tonight to be special and instead, I ruined it.”

Tom knelt down and cupped her tear stained cheek. “Hey, now. Don’t think negative. I’m sure we have something else in this house that we can eat.”

“B-But I wanted for you to h-have a good home cooked m-meal for once. You’ve been working so hard recently. You deserved this and I screwed it up. I am suppose to be a good h-housewife. I am suppose to cook for you. I’m suppose to take care of you,” she sobbed, gazing up into his big brown eyes.

“Well, darling. Nobody’s perfect,” he said, shaking his head. “And you do take care of me, more than you think.”

“How?”

“Well…you keep me going every day you’re not with me. You take care of my parents and brothers for me when I am not around. You,” he gently placed his hand on top of her stomach. “You’re taking care of our child. You’re carrying life!”

Y/N let out a small laugh and sniffed up her tears. Tom brushed a strand of hair behind her ear and continued:

“You are the most amazing, talented, and most beautiful woman I have ever met. I owe you everything,” he praised. He laced his arm around her shoulder and pulled her up into a sitting position.

Tom leaned back against the cupboards and pulled Y/N into his lap. Her forehead tucked into the crook of his neck and her legs draped over his. He rubbed her back with one hand and cradled her thigh in the other. He turned his head and pressed a gently kiss to her head.

“I love you so much. You literally have no idea,” he smiled. Y/N giggled slightly and nuzzled her face deeper into his neck, placing a kiss at the base of his neck.

“I love you too.”

“Happy Anniversary, love.”

Smart Cookie Cupcakes


Yields 14-16 cupcakes

The things you’ll need

Ingredients
  • 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ¾ cup mini chocolate chips
  • Smart Cookie cake toppers
Equipment
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Hand mixer
  • Whisk
  • Rubber spatula
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Ro’s cupcake liners
  • White frosting in a decorating bag fitted with a #1A tip
  • Ice cream scoop

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to beat together butter, cookie butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating between each addition and scraping down the sides.
  5. Add vanilla extract and mix well.
  6. On low speed, alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk to the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
  7. Fold in mini chocolate chips.
  8. Pour the batter into cupcake liners and bake for 14 to 16 minutes.

Time to decorate!

  1. Once the cupcakes have cooled completely, use buttercream frosting and a #1A tip to pipe domes on top of each.
  2. Place a Smart Cookie topper face-up on each cupcake.

Dumb ideas be dumb
But bad puns will forever be funny
Riiiight? :D

What Made Me Smile This Week:

Sunday: My brother and I watched the USA v Mexico soccer match tonight. Soccer makes me smile so much.

Monday: I got a call from the hospital that might be doing my Spinraza injections. For months now, I’ve been waiting for my insurance provider to decide if they are going to pay for this new drug that will stop the progression of my disease. Whenever my phone rings with the hospital’s number, my body goes into complete panic—nervous sweats, rapid heart rate—as I prepare for what could either be the best or worst news of my entire life. The call I received today ended up being a minor update that they are “still working on insurance pre-approval.” Dismayed, again, I texted my girlfriend the non-news and she lovingly helped me refocus and keep trucking. Her infinite support makes me smile.

Tuesday: Last week I ordered some new clothing for myself online, which is always a shot in the dark, since my body most closely resembles a lopsided baby giraffe with muscular dystrophy. But the clothes arrived today and everything fit perfectly! It made me smile to celebrate the fact that I’m big enough for a child’s Medium t-shirt.

Wednesday: Today began the hectic and sometimes stressful process of preparing all 200+ runner bags for our upcoming 5K. Every year around this time, I forget how to do a Mail Merge to create labels, but I re-taught myself today, and that made me smile. An even bigger smile, though, was made by Sarah’s hard work and organization skills to ensure the bags got properly filled in a timely manner. She’s a well-oiled, one-(wo)man assembly line, and her enthusiasm for our upcoming event makes me smile.

Thursday: I have a new favorite food. Step one: cook mini Ore-Ida tater tots in the oven. Step two: place two slices of Cooper cheese on top. Step three: douse in honey mustard. Step four: smile.

Friday: Last night, I commented on a picture of Mitzi’s special beer and cheese soup, and this morning, guess who shows up at my door with a huge container of it, plus additional containers of their signature mac and cheese and braised beef? Thank you, Mitzi’s! Your generosity is astounding and makes me smile.

Saturday: The 5th annual Laughing At My Nightmare 5K was an enormous success! Preliminary counts show that we had record-breaking attendance and revenue, but we’ll do a thorough count this week. Most importantly, everyone had a great time running and laughing their way through a rain-drenched morning in the heart of Bethlehem, all so that we can continue providing equipment to people living with muscular dystrophy. That makes me smile!

What made you smile this week?

📷: Jeremy Cohen

Emoji Donuts


Yields 5-6 donuts

The things you’ll need

Ingredients
Dough
  • ¾ cup warm milk
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ vanilla bean
Filling
  • 1 box vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups cold milk
Icing
  • Powdered sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Yellow food coloring
Equipment
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Hand mixer
  • Rubber spatula
  • Whisk
  • Dry pastry brush
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutter ring
  • Candy thermometer
  • Spider
  • Baking sheet lined with paper towels
  • Skewers
  • Decorating bag fitted with a #2A tip
  • Black and red royal icing in decorating bags fitted with #2 tips
  • Small paintbrush
  • Pink luster dust
  • Frying oil

Let’s get started!

  1. In a small bowl, mix warm milk, yeast and sugar and allow to sit for 10 minutes to activate.
  2. In a large bowl, combine yeast mixture, egg yolks, butter and almond extract. Mix until well combined.
  3. Slowly mix in flour, and then add the salt half way through adding the flour.
  4. Once all the flour is mixed in, knead for a few minutes.
  5. Place dough into a greased bowl and allow to sit until it has doubled in size.
  6. Place rested dough into a floured surface and carefully form it into a flat disc.
  7. Use a ring cookie cutter to cut out 5 or 6 donuts. Cover the donuts with a towel adn let them rest about 10 minutes.
  8. Heat oil to 350ºF, keeping track of the temperature with a candy thermometer.
  9. When the donuts have sest for about 10 to 15 minutes, place them in the hot oil.
  10. Fry a few minutes on each side and then use a spider to place each donut onto a baking sheet lined with paper towel. Allow to cool.
  11. Combine pudding mix with 2 cups of colk milk and mix until well combined. Use a #2A tip to fill donuts with vanilla cream.

Time to decorate!

  1. Combine powdered sugar and lemon juice and whisk until desired consistency. Use food coloring to dye the icing yellow.
  2. Pipe Emoji faces onto each donut using red and black royal icing.
Cooking Cantrip! Simple pie crust!

Hi there, folks! It’s me, the world’s greatest detective and now also up and coming chef Angus McDonald, here with a new blog segment: cooking cantrips! A Blog Bit About Baking Basics. 

This bit started because Taako was explaining a recipe, and he told me to ‘take a pie crust.’ And when I asked him how to make pie crust he just said ‘it's pie crust, little man, git good’. So I…. got good! And learned how to make pie crust (which was, surprisingly, way easier than learning mage hand, a real cantrip!) And now I’m going to share it with you, because pie crust is an important staple to all kinds of recipes!

(Taako…doesn’t actually know I’m doing this but I don’t think he’ll actually notice unless someone tells him…please don’t tell on me)

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Undertale Butterscotch Cinnamon Pie


Yields 8-10 servings

The things you’ll need

Ingredients
Dough
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ vanilla bean
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup salted butter, ice cold
  • ½ cup butter flavor shortening, cubed and ice cold
  • 6 tablespoons buttermilk, chilled
  • Egg wash
Filling
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 ½ cups whole milk
  • ½ cup butterscotch chips
Equipment
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Pie plate
  • Rolling pin
  • Plastic wrap
  • Dry uncooked beans
  • Small bowl
  • Small square cookie cutter

Let’s get started!

Dough
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, vanilla bean, and salt.
  3. Add butter and shortening and then work between fingers until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  4. Drizzle in ice-cold buttermilk and continue working to form dough.
  5. Form the dough into a disc and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and then chill for 2 to 24 hours.
  6. When dough is set, roll it out to ¼ inch thick and place into pie pan and remove the excess.
  7. Roll out dough excess and cut out small squares using the square cookie cutter.
  8. Brush egg wash along the edges and then arrange the dough squares in a pixelated design.
  9. Prick the bottom and inside edges of the pie crust with a fork.
  10. 10. Cover the pie with plastic wrap and then fill it with uncooked beans. Wrap the beans with the excess plastic.Egg wash edges of the crust.
  11. 11. Bake for 35 minutes until golden brown around the edges.
  12. 12. Remove beans and allow it to bake another 10 to 15 minutes. Remove and let cool.
Filling
  1. In medium bowl whisk cornstarch, salt and egg yolks until smooth. Add the milk.
  2. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium high heat and add dark brown sugar, and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Cook 3 minutes.
  3. Whisk in cream to the sugar mixture and then slowly whisk in egg mixture.
  4. Add salt and cinnamon and then bring to a boil, whisking constantly.
  5. Once thickened remove from heat and then whisk in butterscotch chips.

Time to decorate!

  1. Pour the filling into the pie shell and then smooth the top.
  2. Place the pie on a cooling rack for 1 hour and then place pie in the fridge to completely cooled.
  3. Remove Pie from fridge and cut a slice, serve with whipped cream and cinnamon stick garnish.
Autistic Stephanie?

- When she has trouble explaining whats on her mind, she sings and dances to express herself, whether she’s upset, happy, or wants to explain what’s going on. (shown in the song “we will be friends”. Also in “dancing duel”, when she sung and danced to explain what was going on.)

- She insists on doing certain tasks on a routine based manner (the songs “step by step”, “cooking by the book”).

- She can have meltdowns when people don’t follow her way (in “Lazyscouts”, where she eventually yelled and left bc everyone wanted to follow Robbie’s “Lazy scout” way instead of hers. Especially early on in the show, most of the conflicts between her friends would be caused by them not wanting to try Stephanie’s way.)

- Her diary is one of her comfort objects bc it helps her clear her thoughts and to sleep more easily

- She stims by skipping and jumping! (And dancing, ofc)

Feel free to add more!